Lieutenant John William Barfield

Lieutenant John William Barfield

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, September 21, 1931

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John William Barfield

Lieutenant John Barfield was shot and killed by a patrolman whom he was preparing to discipline for drinking.

Lieutenant Barfield had picked up the patrolman, who was making his rounds, and was driving the patrolman to the station when the began to struggle inside the car. The patrolman then shot Lieutenant Barfield in the head, killing him, near the intersection of Peachtree Street and Fifth Street.

The patrolman, 61, was arrested and charged with murdering Lieutenant Barfield. On December 3rd, 1931, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. On December 20, 1935, his sentence was commuted to present service.

Lieutenant Barfield became an officer with the Atlanta Police Department in 1899. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1913.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Lt. Barfield,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta.


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